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HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 22:31

Always struggle to keep up with you Edd....ha ha, that's fine.  "blunt" is fine.  Can handle that. 

no, not close really.  When told I was in a good mood, good day, etc., and the news came as a shock as some things do. 

Trying to be good here these days Edd and cutting out the jokes....not sure most find them funny which is odd cos I always chuckle when posting them 

Dying hydrangeas

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 22:24

Bbolt, you said "split the roots".....what do you mean by that?  Loosen them a little?

when you bought your hydrangea from your local market was it an indoor market?  If so it will need gradual acclimatisation to outdoor conditions by putting it outside during the day and indoors overnight. for first couple of days I would cover with a fleece when outside.  

It sounds like your plant got frosted 

you wont get flowers back until next year

Soil for pots

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 21:59

Sounds ok to me Steve.  I would prob mix in perlite to lighten it a little.  

Hosta help again

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 21:54

Lorna, you trying to keep up with Hostafan?  

Do you have a favourite?  First Frost, Fire and Ice, Liberty and Gold Standard are prob mine.....but at this time of year they are all sumptuous 

I have several different and many are now several inches tall.   

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 21:38

Sounding on good form Edd 

feeling slightly mortal old college colleague died today....cause not known yet.  Not close but makes you think.  Decided to be more tactful, less aggressive and kinder; maybe 

Infilling after stump removal

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 18:55

Hello the fosters

I dug out a large conifer...not leylandii....some 3 years ago.  Did it in late autumn/early winter.  Also removed an old pond in same area.

I poured in large amounts of garden compost, rotted turf, soil from veg patch, manure and fish blood and bone and mixed the lot together.  The growth has been spectacular...heleniums, astilbes,'astrantias, hostas, anemone wild swans, hackonechloa, dwarf kniphofias, imperata red baron, tiarellas, heucheras, foliage plants, etc.etc.  

If you are clearing such an area you might as well take the opportunity to  get plenty of goodness in there rather than just add soil from elsewhere.  The soil will be impoverished anyway. Think grand...a chance to get some really good growing conditions there 


Posted: 28/04/2016 at 18:17

GD, have noted on calendar to do that.  Have some beauties to show too 

Lilly of the Valley

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 18:09

GD, you will prob find a lot more next year now

took me a few years to get lily of the valley to grow and flower.  Now I have eradicated all but a couple of clumps.  It can take over.

not sure you need do anything at all GD.  Shelter from hottest sun, some regularity of moisture in the soil...not too much....and left to get on with things 

Is my Canna ok?

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 18:02

Pretoria is one of the hardier ones Perki....certainly the earliest to start growing

difficult to assess how cold it is with you Perki but a cold gh should be fine, don't overwater and if you do better to do it in the morning so compost is drier overnight.  A fleece to drape over it at night if it eases your concerns

it is fun n games cos an early start is important for cannas to flower yet you dont want wet cold compost.  

Yes, you prob are over worrying 


Posted: 28/04/2016 at 17:30

I guess I need to post pics of my hellebores next year then....right now they are large, fresh green bushes 

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